BOONE, N.C. (SoCon Sports) -- Behind a solid performance in the circle from sophomore Sarah Purvis, the top-seeded Eagles shut down Chattanooga, 5-2 to advance to the 2012 Southern Conference Softball Championship game.
Senior Jessica Traxler belted a two-run homer to left field giving the Lady Mocs an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Chattanooga's lead was short-lived as freshman Kaitlyn Johnson hit her second home run of the tournament to even the game at two in the bottom half of the inning.
Junior Tabby Douberley doubled to center to score sophomore Kourtny Thomas to give the Eagles a one-run lead. Junior Alexis Lewis then reached on a fielding error to plate Douberley, allowing top-seeded Georgia Southern to take a 4-2 lead heading into the third inning.
Georgia Southern scored another run in the bottom of the third behind a double from junior Andrea Tarashuk.
Purvis (23-9) had a solid performance in the circle, sitting down 13 batters in a row. The right-hander only allowed two hits during her seven innings in the circle, both of which came in the second inning.
Freshman starter Taylor Deason (24-8) takes the loss. She allowed nine hits and struck out struck out six batters.
Georgia Southern improves to 41-17 on the season while the Lady Mocs fall to 39-15. Chattanooga will face the winner of the College of Charleston and Elon game tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. in the consolation round.
The Eagles, who last won a title game, will play tomorrow in the 2012 Southern Conference title game at 1:30 at Sywassink/Lloyd Family Stadium. Georgia Southern will face the winner of the consolation bracket.
Information provided by SoCon Media Relations and SoConSports.com.